Post # 1
Fiance and I are staring our registry and we’re having a hard time deciding on dishes. We have agreed on two sets, but we’re not sure which we should choose.
The first is a really pretty Mikasa set (http://www.mikasa.com/5-Piece-Place-Setting/5047141,default,pd.html) that we both really like. It has everything to go with it and is fairly reasonably priced, as far as china goes.
The other set we’re considering is a much more modern set from Villeroy and Boch (http://eshop.villeroy-boch.com/ca/shopping/tableware-metropolitan-new-wave/show_102525/assortment_19). This too has everything to go with it.
We already have ‘everyday’ Corelle dishes that we’ll continue to use.
As much as I love the Mikasa set, I’m afraid it’s too fancy and I doubt we would use it a whole lot. When we were considering getting this one, we had also registered for a cheap ‘in-between’ set (8 place settings for $129) that we figured we could use for not-so-fancy company. That left us wondering though when we would actually use the fancy set. We would likely get way more use out of the Villeroy and Boch set as it could be used as an ‘in-between’ set and when we have fancier company.
Anyway, that was a long-winded way of asking what china everyone has registered for and just how fancy it was. If you registered for the really pretty stuff, do you entertain often?
Post # 3
Niether of those are actual china (no issues with it being referred as china though). DH and I decided we wanted china. If you’re going with porceialin, I’d go with the one you’d use more. I don’t know why I make that distinction, it’s just a gut feeling!
Post # 4
I would choose the first set. The whole point of choosing good china is to have something fancier than your everyday dishes.
The second set looks everyday to me and I think the shape will become dated very fast.
Post # 5
@AB Bride I’m pretty sure both are china? To me china= porcelain.
Post # 6
I already had inherited a spectacular set of never-used china from my grandmother, who had set it aside for me before I was even born after my father brought it back from Korea), and I also had two sets of more everyday-looking china. However, DH and I still registered for our own china pattern, because I wanted to have a plain set that would be great for any season (my other patterns have more spring/summer colors), especially Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the rest of our lives.
When choosing china, I always think it’s a good idea to think about what you will like now but also decades from now. This is especially true if you are a young bride.
You’ve selected two very different patterns and styles, one of which seems more conducive to being used every day or at least much more frequently (the Villeroy and Boch.)
Have you considered registering for BOTH — the Mikasa for your formal china and the Villeroy and Boch for your more casual (but not necessarily everyday) dinnerware? The downside of registering for both is that you probably won’t get two complete sets of china. However, the UPSIDE is that you will have both on your registry and likely will receive place settings of each and can use them for different occasions (i.e.having big family dinners at the holidays vs. having friends over for a more casual dinner party), AND you will be able to take advantage of the registry completion programs (i.e. discounts for wedding registry participants) that so many stores offer. Also, with sites such as Replacements.com and eBay, you shouldn’t have to worry about not being able to complete your sets years from now when you have more resoources to buy additional platters and pieces. Also, when it comes to serving pieces (platters, etc), you may even want to skip registering for matching pieces from both of these patterns and go with something that contrasts well with each, such as Lenox metalware serving pieces. These are much more reasonably priced than some fine-china serving pieces.
Post # 7
I love the 2nd set – but it does look a bit more like everyday dishes… The 1st set is beautiful and would be great for fancier things (which is what I think the purpose of china is…)
Post # 8
@PinkMagnolia: Bone china is a type of porcelian, but it’s more durable. It also looks different.
Post # 9
TBH I’m not crazy about either set. Like PP said, the second one is very modern (rather than timeless) and looks everyday. When you choose nice china, I think it’s generally best to look for a plainish timeless pattern that won’t go out of style and you can keep using for many years.